5 Pick-Me-Ups for Employees

Great workplaces and productive companies are defined by happy employees and engaged workers. Some companies are going considerable lengths in creating a happy workplace. However, understanding your employee’s needs is the key to a great return of investment.

By giving employees a sense of importance, you can motivate them to work better and dedicate themselves to the company. Inherently, each individual seeks to be noticed and somehow be recognised. While most of them just show up for work to earn their day’s pay, others seem to go the extra mile to make their employers happy. Business owners need to recognise when their employees are performing, or when they need a little pick-me-up.

Signs of an Unhappy Employee

It is the main responsibility of the managers to keep their employees happy, and to extend the sense of motivation inside the office. Not too many bosses would agree with this statement, but companies are losing more money as they lose their employees’s motivation to work because of low self-esteem in the workplace.

So, how can supervisors and executives tell when some of the personnel are unhappy?

  1. A great decline in productivity.

  2. An employee who takes longer lunch or coffee breaks.

  3. Gradual withdrawal from co-workers.

  4. Habitual tardiness or absences usually is a predominant sign.

  5. Obvious signs of procrastination and late submissions regardless of the deadlines given.

Ways to Make an Employee Happy and Productive

Monetary rewards are often thought of the answer that perks up the labour force. But this has been scientifically proven to be false. Here are a few ideas to provide motivation and increase the self-esteem of the staff.

  • Show them that their presence is significant to the business. Most people respond to a simple ‘great job’ or ‘thank you’. It shows that their hard work gets noticed.
  • Provide opportunities for growth and a clear picture of their career path. Sometimes, office promotions may sound a bit cliché to most employees, but it does work its magic. This would involve some investment in training and development. This is a good motivation, because it shows employees that they have a future in the company.
  • Create a structured balance between life at work and life outside of work. Business owners also need to understand that their employees have their social lives to maintain. Having and maintaining both aspects is an essential part of the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Let your people have fun with their friends and family, they’ll appreciate you more for it.
  • Constructive criticisms are always proven to be effective whilst providing an accommodating two-way free-flow of feedback. In order to maintain a staff’s self-esteem, managers must be able to structure their criticisms in ways that does not degrade their motivation towards work.
  • Pay them accordingly and based on what they’re actually worth. An employee’s self-esteem and motivation is shown with value if their basic salary can meet most of their needs physically and psychologically. Monetary rewards may be out of the picture, but an employee that is paid well performs to their utmost abilities.

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    Paul Bailey

    Paul is a highly experienced Business Coach, Mentor and Personal Development Specialist. He works with people to enhance business and personal performance through a process of supported self-awareness and self- development. Paul is the Co-Author of the book 80 Tips.